NAIS Conference 2.25.2011


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“Cultural Respect: The Diversity of Latin America”

This presentation will explore and discuss the diversity of the countries of Latin America as well as the heritage of Latinos/Hispanics living in the United States. It will provide teachers and administrators with an overview of the geography, history, traditions, foods and accomplishments of Latin America.
Workshop attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of “Latino/Hispanic” culture and its diversity and therefore be better prepared to teach and interact with students and families of Latin American background.
This presentation will also provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the many accomplishments of Latin American and Caribbean professionals such as artists, writers, musicians, and culinary experts. With this knowledge, participants will find inspiration and new materials for their own lessons/units dealing with Latin America.
Additionally, we hope to support the Independent School community to create a climate of cultural respect within their schools i.e. faculty, students, parents, administrators, and board members.

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  • Margaret-Explain terminology: Latinos vs. Hispanics? Hispanics: defined by the U.S. government as a “person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin,” regardless of skin color.-Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population in 2050 compared with 14% in 2005.Failure to consider the integration of race, social class and gender in the classroom can lead to an inappropriate or simplistic prescription for educational equity and excellence.
  • MargaretConsider what you know about these countries as we take a closer look at their histories and culture.
  • Maria FernandaThere are differences in opinion of what compromises Latin America. Everything south of the United StatesCountries where Spanish/Portuguese is spokenCountries with a romance-based language (Spanish, Portuguese, French)4 continents, 21 countriesEuropeSpainCentral AmericaGuatemalaHondurasEl SalvadorNicaraguaCosta RicaPanamá
  • Maria Fernanda:There are many faces of Latin AmericaPeople in and from Latin American have a wide variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. It is impossible to generalize the physical features of people from the region. Like the United States, Latin America has a history of slavery, indigenous people and European settlers. There have also been notably large migrations from China, Japan, and Germany in several countries.
  • Maria Fernanda: Latinos are very diverse even though much of the history among people from various Latino countries is shared. 1. Shared HistoryColonial Period: 1492-1810Independence Period & Construction of Modern Nations: 1810-Present Late 1950’s-PresentSocialism & anti-socialism movementsResulted in widespread violence & internal conflict2. Cultural Richness: Started with the ancient civilizations of the regionLanguagesMusicGastronomyArchitecture Etc…"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness." -Ola Joseph
  • RosaliaRuben Blades: PanamaJennifer Lopez: Puerto RicoPele: BrazilFrida Kahlo: MexicoGabriel Garcia Marquez: ColombiaCameron Diaz: Cuba & SpainBenjamin Bratt: PeruAmerica Ferrera: Honduras
  • RosaliaDance, Art, Books, Architecture, Sport
  • RosaliaEconomic Power & Growth: Recent ExamplesBrazil: Brazil is one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world. With large and growing agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sectors, Brazil’s economy ranks highest among all the South American countries and it has also acquired a strong position in the global economy.Venezuela: Venezuela is highly dependent on oil revenues, which account for roughly 90% of export earnings, about 50% of the federal budget revenues, and around 30% of GDP. In recent years, President Hugo Chavez has been systematically increasing the government's control of the economy by nationalizing firms in the cement, steel, petroleum, communications, and electricity sectors. Argentina: Argentina is the third largest national economy in Latin America. Argentina has abundant natural resources, a well-educated population, an export-oriented agricultural sector and a relatively diversified industrial base.On an exchange rate basis Brazil (the seventh largest economy in the world and the second largest in the Americas) leads the way in total amount of exports at $137.8 billion dollars followed by Chile at $58.12 billion and Argentina with $46.46 billion.[1]
  • Margaret:Concentrations of Latinos in the United States:The country's three largest Hispanic groups were concentrated in different parts of the country, with most Mexicans living in western states, most Puerto Ricans living in northeastern states, and most Cubans living in southern states (primarily Florida). Although Hispanics remained concentrated primarily in the Southwest, California, Florida, and New York, new immigrants from Mexico and Central America moved to states such as North Carolina, Georgia, and Iowa, where the Hispanic population was almost nonexistent in 1990. At the city level, New York City had the largest number of Hispanics, with more than 2 million in 2000, accounting for 27 percent of the population. Los Angeles was second, with more than 1.7 million Hispanics, encompassing nearly half the total population. Other cities with large concentrations of Hispanics included Chicago and Houston, each with well over 700,000 Hispanic residents.
  • MargaretThe previous slide’s map showed us where large concentrations of Latinos live in the United States. The United States has always been known as a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. As you have learned from our presentation, Latinos/Hispanics have a rich culture and history and have much to offer across the U.S. Please take the time to think about your area in particular when you answer these discussion questions.
  • Rosalia/AllDifferent groups in the United States:People with origins the American Southwest Have family roots in the area since before the land was part of the U.S.Students DiplomatsInternational Executives & Other ProfessionalsWorld Bank, IADB, OASPolitical RefugeesMigrantsEconomicSocial
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  • SusanWe encourage you to put what you’ve learned today into practice.
  • MargaretPrecious Children: Diversity in the Classroom: "Our goal is to address issues - both personal and political - that affect Latinos in the United States" The Azteca Web Page: "accumulating information especially for Mexicans, Chicanos, and/or Mexican-Americans" Si, Spain: "promotes free exchange of information on Spanish current affairs and its historical, linguistic and cultural development" Hispanic Heritage National Latino CommunicationsScholarly discussions of Latin American HistoryConference on Latin American HistoryLatin American Studies LinksLatin American AllianceLatin American Prehistory
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